#yogagirlchallenge Day 17: I LOVE YOU

image imageIn the wise words of @yogagirl, Rachel Brathen, “It’s important to tell the people we love just how much they mean to us – and to do it often! It’s easy to start taking your close relationships for granted, especially if you’ve known the person for a long time. When was the last time you told your mother you loved her? Your father? Your husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend?”

I love that my mom and uncle picked me up from the airport, last night, when I flew in from St. Louis from a work trip. Yes, I was at a clinic in Florissant, next door to Ferguson. Fortunately, there was no rioting and I drove by a couple QwikTrips fully intact and function. I’m so happy to be home. The kitties slept in with me and we’re meeting friends for a ferry ride to Vashon Island for wine tasting before a fun birthday party dinner downtown for another friend!

This morning, Mr F and I made breakfast together. I love him!

 

Congrats to new Mom, Andrea! Be Fearless #yogagirlchallenge day 13

Today’s #yogagirlchallenge is Be Fearless.

I think this an appropriate post to dedicate to my fearless best friend since middle school, Andrea. She always knew that she wanted to be a pilot, since I met her when we were 10 and 11. She joined the air force when she graduated high school and is now a C-130 pilot!imageimage

She went into labor last night and had an 8lb 20inch baby before midnight. I hope I get more details soon!

Mr F and I are very happy for your family!c7f0c793c5503a7c442bf17bd2703a2d

image ea35e9b37f12378b47ec50bc4ea09bb9These quotes and their illustrations can be found on one of my Pinterest boards, called Good to Remember!

#yogagirlchallenge To do list of your life

I love lists, planning and can be rather OCD about getting things done. (My professional life also centers around many, many lists.) As I’ve gotten older, I notice I get stressed out when things are poorly planned, or I’m not able to check things off lists in an efficient manner. I try and combat the stress by overplanning…..I may not always be on time but it’s usually because I’m trying to do too many things beforehand.

The #yogagirlchallenge has awesome daily recommendations like yoga every day, find true forgiveness, give up a bad habit, practice a random act of kindness however, an ultimate to do list for life really motivates me!

To read: Emperor of Maladies

More Hemingway, like a Moveable Feast

the next Brilliance Saga book

the next Name of the Wind book

the next Brandon Sanderson books continuing the Mistborn series and after Words of Radiance (the Stormlight series)

the Outlander series

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert the Signature of All Things

A book, a whale and a walrus by Renee EricksonA Boat, A Whale & A Walrus

To travel: Southern France and the Loire Valley, Provence, Champagne

see more of Italy like Alto Adige, Sicily, Naples,

see the Talbot castle in Dublin (I think it’s called the Malahide),

Bali, Japan, the Big Island of Hawaii, Costa Rica, the Mendoza region of Argentina, the Galapagos Sub-category-Restaurants: in Chicago, Next, the Aviary, the Purple Pig

To revisit: Barcelona,254282_548060515652_7847587_n (1) (Mr F and I were there in Spring 2011)

Florence, Florence summer 2004(I spent a summer aboard taking ballet classes and touring museums on the weekends)

Perugia,Perugia summer 2004(my homebase during my summer aboard in 2004)

Prague,prague (Mr. F and I were there in the fall of 2010 to visit his great aunt with his parents)

the British Virgin Isles (because I was under 2 when I was last in the Caribbean)

Sub-category-Restaurants: in Chicago, Alinea, the Girl and the Goat, Piccolo Sogno, Piece and Five Star Burgers

in Barcelona, Quimet y Quimet, quimetBacoa, Dim sum in Vancouver

Professional to dos: to become a Clinical Trial Manager or Line manager (3-5 year goal) eventually a Director of Clinical Operations (10-15 year goal)

To look into becoming a Medical Science Liasion (however, do not feel the need to get my PhD)

To run oncology trials as a monitor (totally do-able in the next 6 months)

To work for one of the top pharmaceutical companies before I turn 40 Monitor a medical device trial

Personal to dos: buy a house in the Upper Fremont neighborhood with a view of the mountains, either the Cascades or Olympics and within walking distance to our favorite yoga studio

to grow wild roses, lavender, and more sunflowers in our backyard

go snowshoeing more in the winter snowshoeing 2006

#yogaeverydamnday

 

to have a healthy lifestyle which includes clean eating, less carbs and gluten, and lots of exercise, but not cutting out cake entirely

August for the Fettbots = travel, eating, swimming and reading

When I haven’t been traveling, Mr. F and I have been working from home during the day, biking to our wedding beach, swimming in the Sound imagethen reading on the beach to dry off and warm up from the 55-60 degree water. imageI’ve read so many great books in the last month, thanks to our good friend Mohit’s suggestions. I loved reading the Brilliance saga by Marcus Sakey which reminds me of X-Men and Atlas Shrugged in the best possible way. I tore through the first two books on the plane and beach within 2-3 days. I read the Breach trilogy by Patrick Lee next and finished that within 10 days. It’s also sci-fi and awesome. I think I’ve read more than 10 books in the last month including the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy. On a more serious note, I’ve started reading Wheat Belly and the Emperor of Maladies but they are not beach reading so it’s taking me longer to finish them.image I actually tried to be gluten-free since I was inspired by Wheat Belly. I do not like fad diets but I think the science regarding today’s genetic modified wheat and the rise of diabetes, inflammatory responses, etc. is fascinating. However, I really love humbaos, crossiants, pretzel buns, cupcakes, and many other forms of gluten. I only survived 2 weeks without gluten before succumbing to pressure and eating something totally worth it and deliciously bready. I don’t even like rice that much, except in sushi. image(This is taken at my favorite sushi place, Billy Beach in Ballard). At this point, I would like to eat healthier but I will settle for everything in moderation. Or lots of swimming…. We’ve been swimming 3-4 times a week and going to yoga 3-5 times a week too!image

We celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary in Lummi Island, August 1st-3rd. imageThe tiny 25 car ferry is the first part of the awesome getaway.image It takes about 15 minutes from Bellingham to the island.imageWe stayed at the amazing Willows Inn on Legoe Bay, imagewhere our windows faced the reef netting salmon boats image and a zen garden on the other side! We had out of this world local food too!  image imageimageimageWe stopped by the farm for a fun family BBQ in Stanwood on the way homeimage from our anniversary trip.  image Mom had horse and imagecaboose cookies waiting for us too! image

The Fremont-Ballard neighborhoods (Frelard) have been graced with two new awesome burger restaurants. Mr. F and I checked out Giddy Up, Burgers and Greens when I got back from Spokane on Wednesday and it was awesome. It’s a cowboy themed, fast food, vintage styled restaurant. They have a cool patio with a lofted roof and a great beer selection. I really enjoyed the grass-fed beef burger while listening to Take Five. On Friday, we went to 8 oz Burger which also just opened in Ballard, this week, for comparison. imageThey have more gourmet burgers with cool ingredients like peanut butter, bacon, gruyere cheese and argula. It also has a huge beer selection. I think poor Pono Ranch and Little Woody’s are going to suffer from this competition.

My best friend from college just had her baby shower earlier this month! imageMandy is due in October. My best friend since Middle School, Andrea, is due TOMORROW!!! I’m excited to be an Auntie very soon!imageimage Also, the first sunflowers are starting to bloomimage in my backyard!!! The neighborhood has been bursting with sunflowers for the last month and it’s been gorgeous in summer imageeven in the rain,image which there has been very little this summer! We’ve had a lot of fun this monthimage with new restaurants, good books, friends, wine and even a few amazing home-cooked meals.  image

Seattle in the summer is magical

In July, I traveled to Hawaii, Idaho Falls, St. Louis and Pittsburgh with nearly two weeks at home without travel. The day I got back from Hawaii, my college buddy, Beav was visiting so we meet Andrea at the Ballard Seafood Fest to see our favorite band, Vaudeville Etiquetteimageimage image image They are an awesome band to watch live and they hand out kazoos to join in the last song! imageimageThe flowers are popping in our neighborhood. We’ve been spending lots of time swimming in the Sound and sunning on our wedding beach. imageWe been to a lot of great restaurants too, including Bourbon and Bones for BBQ with our good friend, Beav! imageWhen I was flying through Salt Lake City to Idaho Falls I saw image the fires in Eastern Washington from the plane. Fortunately, Andrea’s husband is fighting them and they’re under control now. imageThe kitties loved me being home more in July and Lily was a frequent lap warmer.image One of my favorite views of Seattle is coming home from a work trip and seeing the mountains. image image La  Isla is another favorite Ballard restaurant especially the empanadillas at happy hour. Pono Ranch is another new favorite because they have a huge patio and fish tacos!image imageimageOf course, there’s also Little Woody’s for delicious burgers. There are two new burger places that opened this month that I’ll have to post about next.

In August, I’ve had work trips in Seattle, Fargo, Spokane and next week, I’ll return to Boise and St Louis. I’m looking forward to seeing Beav again and my in-laws! imageSeptember will be a travel heavy month too, with trips to Idaho Falls, Boise, Missoula, Chicago, Honolulu, Spokane, Chicago again but I’ll have the last week of September free!!!

Our last day on Oahu!

I’ve meant to write this post for several weeks. This time a month ago this was my view. 10518982_681892265752_4279132542738304476_nIMG_0173 My BFF since middle school was awesomely available to go to Honolulu with me for a work trip. imageAfter my last day at the clinic, we drove up to the North Shore for a late lunch in our black Mustang convertible!image imageWe got garlic shrimp and ahi poke image imagefrom some cool food trucks before a quick, imagelast swim in the Pacific Ocean. As a fun friend from college said, #bestiessmilealike.image Andy Mac also took me to one of her favorite shave ice places and it was delicious. image  imageWe had an amazing room at the Marriott on Waikiki that was picture perfect before we left for the airport. The moon rise over Diamond Head was a gorgeous send off.  IMG_0175I got a fun touristy t-shirt from Patagonia on IMG_0180the North Shore in Haleiwa and it says, “Pataloha”. imageimage Before we got on the plane, we stopped by the lei stands for leis for her mom and my grandmother, Tootie. imageimageSince we were flying the red eye home, we both put our glasses on, at the airport! imageBy the time I got back to Seattle, the sun was rising over Mount Rainer. I love my town.

 

 

A break from Hawaii for a Colorado picture post!!

IMG_0108I found more pictures of Colorado on my camera and had to share them. My cousin Colleen’s house is phenomenal. She just moved in over Memorial Day Weekend, so I was one of the first family members to visit her in late June! IMG_0110 She has a spectacular view IMG_0111of the Continental Divide from Boulder Heights IMG_0112and her lovely house is filled to the brim with gorgeous succulent plants, local flowers and adorable dogs and image cats.IMG_0115 (Maybe even a direwolf!) IMG_0116  Also, delicious food is made here!IMG_0119 Colleen even made my favorite, IMG_0130Strawberry Rhubarb pie! After dinner with more cousins, Colleen and I star gazed from the hot tub! IMG_0121I hope I have another work excuse to go back to Colorado and visit Colleen in Boulder again this summer! We have so much fun together. I wish we lived closer! image